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Five former NFL cheerleaders sued the Houston Texans on Friday http://www.officialsabres.com/authentic-adidas-jack-eichel-jersey , alleging the team failed to fully compensate them as required by law and subjected them to a hostile work environment in which they were harassed, intimidated and forced to live in fear.
The lawsuit, filed in Houston federal court, accuses the franchise of paying the women less than the .25 per hour they were promised, not compensating them for making public appearances or performing other tasks related to their jobs and creating a workplace where the women were threatened with being fired for voicing any complaints.
”I and my fellow cheerleaders were treated as the lowest of the low,” Hannah Turnbow said at a news conference. ”The Houston Texans were paid thousands of dollars to have us show up at appearances at locations all over Texas with no security, no transportation and where our safety was not guaranteed.”
Turnbow said that after she was left with abrasions on her shoulder when she was attacked by a fan at one game, the team told her ”to just suck it up.”
”We were harassed, bullied and body shamed for .25 an hour,” said ex-cheerleader Ainsley Parish.
Texans spokeswoman Amy Palcic said the team is constantly evaluating its cheerleader program and makes changes ”as needed to make the program enjoyable for everyone.”
”We are proud of the cheerleader program and have had hundreds of women participate and enjoy their experience while making a positive impact in the local community,” Palcic said in a brief statement.
Prominent women’s rights attorney Gloria Allred Adidas Wayne Simmonds Jersey , who’s representing the cheerleaders, alleged the women were paid ”so little or not paid at all” for much of the work they did because of their gender.
”Surely (Texans owner Bob) McNair and the Houston Texans can find it in their budget of hundreds of millions of dollars to pay these women a fair wage, not minimum wage,” Allred said. ”I say, stop penny pinching. Pay these women what they deserve and make sure you pay them for every minute that they work.”
The lawsuit is seeking unspecified damages.
This is the second such lawsuit filed against the Texans.
Last month, three ex-cheerleaders also filed suit in Houston federal court, accusing the Texans of not paying them minimum wage, not paying overtime wages and accusing a cheerleading supervisor of body shaming them.
These lawsuits are part of a series of recent complaints that have been made by cheerleaders against NFL teams across the country.
The New York Times reported last month that on a trip to Costa Rica for a photo shoot in 2013, Washington Redskins cheerleaders had their passports collected, were forced to be topless for a calendar photo shoot that included male spectators and were asked to be escorts for sponsors at a nightclub.
Former cheerleaders with the Miami Dolphins and the New Orleans Saints also have filed recent discriminatory complaints and lawsuits against their ex-teams.
Last year, a federal judge in California dismissed a lawsuit that had been filed by a former San Francisco 49ers cheerleader who had accused the NFL and team owners of conspiring to suppress wages for cheerleaders.
Allred said she planned next week to present a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell asking him to review the complaints being made by her clients and other cheerleaders about their working conditions.
TAMPA Rasmus Ristolainen Jersey , Fla. — In order to avoid falling in to a hole, the Tampa Bay Lightning know they need to shake off any rust that may have set in after a week of inaction.
The Lightning put forth a strong effort in Game 1, but it has to be stronger and better against the Boston Bruins in Monday’s Game 2, particularly against Boston’s top line, which accounted for 11 points in the series-opening game.
Tampa Bay went about that with an intense practice on Sunday as the coaching staff looks to deliver the message that the opening-game effort was good but not nearly at the level needed to compete in the second round of the playoffs.
“The purpose of our practice was to put us in the best position to be ready to play (Monday) night, and we got to play the game faster, we got to play the game harder,” Lightning coach Jon Cooper said.
“Oftentimes a lot of things in your game you develop in practice. We had a week off. We did some good things, but our game was not at a playoff level like the other team that had just played in a Game 7 and that’s what we have to bring (Monday) night or it’s going to be a (short) series for us.”
If Tampa Bay can’t slow down the trio of Patrice Bergeron, David Pastrnak and Brad Marchand, it won’t matter much even if the Lightning do improve in other areas of the ice. The Boston top line has now accounted for 41 points in the postseason Quincy Wilson Jersey , all of those coming in the five playoff wins the Bruins have registered. That line has been kept off the scoreboard in the three Boston losses.
How do the Lightning slow them down?
“You have to be hard on them,” Cooper said. “You have to respect them as a group, but you can’t fear them. You got to see it as a really good challenge. Play hard on them. You make life miserable.
“At the end of the game, you want their players to say, ‘Oh, man. We got to play them again’ and we didn’t make them feel like that. It was more, ‘Man, can’t wait to play those guys again,’ and that’s got to change.”
The Bruins, which opened the first series against Toronto by winning the first two games before going on to win in seven, knows the second victory against the top-seeded Lightning will be no easy task and much harder than the first one.
Boston enters Monday’s game with a clean mindset.
“We’ve got to let it go Authentic Ryan McDonagh Jersey , let this one go here,” Marchand said. “We’ve got to come back hard on the next one. We know they’re going to come back faster and harder than they did and they played a really good game. They came out fast, they came hard and it was tough to weather that storm early on. So we can expect more of that.”
Getting more solid play from goaltender Tuukka Rask, who stopped 34 shots in the opener, will be a big boost as well.
“I thought that during the second period they gave us a really strong push and we handled it well,” defenseman Zdeno Chara said. “We made some strong defensive plays and obviously Tuukka made some really big saves for us in a crucial time of the game.”
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